A look at John Milton's work
At a young age, John Milton was convinced that he was
destined for greatness. He thought that he 'might perhaps leave
something so written to aftertimes as they should not willingly
let it die'(Text 414). For this reason he thought that his life
was very important to himself and to others. He often wrote
directly about himself, and he used his life experiences as roots
for his literature. In Paradise Lost and in a sonnet entitled
'On His Blindness,' Milton speaks indirectly and directly of his
loss of vision. Also in Paradise Lost, he uses the political
situation of his time as a base for the plot, and he incorporates
elements of his own character into the character of Satan. In
'On Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three', he speaks plainly
about the course of his life.
In the latter part of his life, Milton lost his vision.
This loss was very traumatic for him because he had not yet
completed his mission of writing a memorable work of literature.
Soon after, he continued his work with the help of his daughters.
He dictated to them a sonnet he called 'On His Blindness' in
which he asks how God expects him to do his work blind. Milton's
ambitious side says that his writing talent is 'lodged with [him]
useless'(Text 417). His religious side soon realizes that he is
'complaining' to God and he takes it back. He discovers that God
will not look down on him if he does not write a masterpiece. He
granted Milton a great talent, and he expects Milton to be happy.
He has to learn to do his work in a dark world. This poem was
not the last time Milton referred to his condition in his
writing. In book one of Paradise Lost,
... 1942. Milton, John. "Paradise Lost." John Milton The Major Works. Ed. Stephen Orgel and Jonathan Goldberg. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 355 - 618. Webber, Joan Malory. Milton and His Epic Tradition. Seattle: University of Washington ...
... forces his view on the reader as if his opinion is the way it is. Works Cited Milton, John. Paradise Lost The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Sixth ... in Paradise Lost it must be treated with more emphasis. When the fall of humankind is being described in Book nine, Satan is ...
... throughout Paradise Lost and many of his other works. The downfall of humankind was caused by lust for the forbidden fruit, as was Satan's motive for revenge. Milton explicitly ...
... think of evil and dark images. Although these are true, there are also positive views. John Milton's Paradise Lost depicts Satan as a Great and fearless leader. Now you will read about Satan's diplomatic abilities and his fearlessness ...
John Milton, 'Paradise Lost Books One and Two', title - 'Milton's is a highly visual representation of hell. What does he describe? How does he describe it? What purposes do his descriptions serve?'
... in Paradise Lost - they are merely an approximation of the horrid reality. Milton frequently uses images of the sun, sea and night to describe hell, and on three ...
Loss of Innocence in Dante's "Inferno" and John Milton's "Paradise Lost". This essay compares the representations of the good of the world between these two epic poems and the real world.
... end of good is illustrated in the stories, Paradise Lost, by John Milton, and The Inferno, by Dante Alighieri. In Milton's Paradise Lost, the world was good, and everything was enjoyful for Adam and Eve, until Satan came ...
... be situated within a larger tradition. Kurtz resembles the archetypal evil genius: the highly gifted but ultimately degenerate individual whose fall is the stuff of legend. Kurtz is related to figures like Faustus, Satan in Miltons Paradise Lost and ...
The restorative power of Æsculapius versus the vitalizing power of God in Spenser's 'The Faerie Queene'
... some of the political elements in which arise in this romantic epic. Works CitedLePan, Don. et al. The Broadview Anthology of: British Literature (Vol ...